Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Friday June 28 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City in 1969. This event was a milestone in the continued fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Our students decided to commemorate the occasion by holding an event in the main hall. The event was all about how far LGBTQ+ rights have come and the continued fight for them around the world.

Staff nominated students that are kind, considerate, understanding and open-minded to attend the event. Students also put themselves forward if they are part of the LGBTQ+ community or are ambassadors and friends of the community.

This event celebrated and supported those who really take pride and show enthusiasm towards LGBTQ+ related topics.

Students took part in activities designed to get them thinking about each others identities and what they have in common, rather than what makes them different.

Everyone wrote a personal quality they are proud of on a jigsaw piece and decorated it. Year 10 students are going to put the jigsaw pieces together to make a big art piece.

They also wrote their name on a label and attached it to a piece of string which was attached to a large identity map, where they could wind their string around the parts that fitted them.

They also added their own identity markers, like ‘is kind’ or ‘likes maths’. The finished piece showed how despite everyone’s differences, everyone had something in common with someone.

The final session encouraged students to look at news articles relating to LGBTQ+ issues around the world, both good and bad. After looking at the articles they discussed how they felt, what they thought and what they wanted to do.

By providing a safe space for our students to explore topics, they can have mature and personal conversations about complex issues. We value all of our students and their unique identities.

Thank you to Mr Johns for organising the events, with special thanks to the Year 9 and 10 students for hosting and the LSU for making the Pride theme decorations.